FAQ’s

Find answers to some of our most commonly asked questions.

About Us

Don’t colleges/universities provide teachers with this knowledge during their preparation programs?

Not necessarily. Much of the science of reading comes from disciplines outside of schools of education (e.g., neuroscience, linguistics, cognitive psychology, etc.) Therefore, professors who teach in schools of education are often unfamiliar with the scientific evidence base.

Don’t school districts provide teachers with this knowledge once they are hired?

Not necessarily. School district administrators and teachers who plan professional development experiences are often not aware of the scientific evidence base on how students learn to read. Schools tend to implement popular, heavily advertised approaches and materials that they assume are grounded in the evidence base. Sadly, the profit-driven commercial entities that dominate the educational marketplace are often not aligned with the science of how students best learn to read.

Is The Reading League just about teaching phonics?

Not at all. We tend to do a lot of work around phonics and phonemic proficiency because the research on teacher knowledge indicates that these are the areas in which educators have the most significant gaps. However, The Reading League also addresses vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, early speech and language development, response to intervention, assessment, text types, writing, and other related topics. Check out our YouTube Channel for a sampling of our past Live Events and professional development videos.

Is The Reading League just about teaching phonics?

Not at all. We tend to do a lot of work around phonics and phonemic proficiency because the research on teacher knowledge indicates that these are the areas in which educators have the most significant gaps. However, The Reading League also addresses vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, early speech and language development, response to intervention, assessment, text types, writing, and other related topics. Check out our YouTube Channel for a sampling of our past Live Events and professional development videos.

How does The Reading League fund its work?

Much of The Reading League’s work is done by dedicated volunteers. However, we do incur operating costs (e.g., video recording, photocopying, conference expenses, insurance) and personnel costs (e.g., tech support, school-based reading coaches). The Reading League relies on donations, grants, corporate sponsors, Live Event raffles, and merchandise sales to continue providing our services at low or no cost to educators. Please consider supporting The Reading League through a personal donation or any of the other avenues above. Because The Reading League is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, your donation is tax-deductible.

Is The Reading League only for educators who work with students who struggle with learning to read?

Absolutely not. The Reading League is for all educators. General education classroom teachers are critically important to the literacy achievement of all children. When general education teachers provide “core,” or “Tier 1,” instruction that is grounded in the scientific research evidence base, fewer children experience difficulty and need extra help. Of course, The Reading League is also for teachers who provide intervention instruction and special education, as some students will need more than the core. The good news is that all students benefit from evidence-based instruction. We find that all types of educators at all grade levels – including speech and language pathologists/therapists, school psychologists, administrators, librarians, middle and high school content teachers, special area teachers, and more – attend our events and find them useful.

Events

I am a NY State teacher who needs CTLE hours for certification purposes. Will my attendance at The Reading League Live Events or Annual Conference count toward this requirement?

Yes. The Reading League is an NYSED CTLE, ALTA, and IMSLEC approved sponsor. You will be provided with a certificate of attendance at the end of the event to use to process your credits.

Are there different ticket options for the Live Event?

Yes, there are two different ticket options for all TRL Live Events. You can attend in-person or live stream (or view recording of the event later) for $10.

What is included with the in-person ticket?

By attending the event in person, you will receive hard copies of all documents, access to our sponsors, snacks, and the ability to network with your peers.

Will I get NYS CTLE credit for viewing live streamed events?

By attending the event in person you will receive NYS CTLE credit.

Due to restrictions and regulations of the New York State Education CTLE program, The Reading League cannot directly offer CTLE credits for live stream viewers.

School districts and other organizations may choose to accept The Reading League’s Live Event live stream viewing as CTLE credit under their policies. These entities are responsible for following all NYS Department of Education rules and regulations including, but not limited to, attendee documentation.

What time does the Live Event start?

The Live event starts at 5 pm sharp. Doors open to those attending in person at 4:15 PM.

If I can no longer attend, can I receive a refund?

No, refunds will not be issued for Live Event tickets.

Are substitutions allowed in the event I cannot make it to the event?

Yes, you may send someone in your place in the event you can no longer attend. You will either need to go back into your registration to modify attendee information or submit your replacement to Events@thereadingleague.org

What is the difference between live stream and video access?

The live stream of our Live Event is from 5 – 7:30 PM EST on event day. The video recording is released within 30 minutes of the completion of the event. This recording is available to paid customers with no time restrictions for viewing.

How do I access the video when I am ready to watch?

Log into your account at: https://thereadingleague.uscreen.io Be sure to use the same email address you used when you purchased the video. This may be your personal account or your work account depending on how you registered.

Do I use the same password to register for each event?

Yes. For your convenience, we recommend you use the same email and password every time you purchase from our site. This will ensure all of your purchases are correctly linked to one account.

Does “live stream” mean I have to watch it at the start time of the event only?

No, by purchasing a virtual ticket you can access the stream in real-time or watch at your convenience after the event. The video recording is posted 30 minutes after the event concludes. Purchasers have access indefinitely to the video.

How do I download handouts?

Handouts, slides, event bulletins, and other resources distributed at the event can be found under the “Resources” tab located directly under the video. All files are PDF format and are protected under copyright laws. The unauthorized distribution of these materials is a violation of copyright law.

Can I have a certificate of participation for streaming the presentation?

A downloadable certificate of participation is located on the resources tab below the video player.

Journal

How do I change the address to which my journal is delivered?

To change your delivery address, call the journal subscription service’s customer helpline at 844-967-0615 or email readingleague@emailpsa.com.

I have not received my copy of the latest TRL Journal. What should I do?

Call the journal subscription service’s customer helpline at 844-967-0615 or email at readingleague@emailpsa.com.

Can I make copies of TRL Journal articles for distribution to other educators/parents/friends?

Permission to copy and distribute articles can only be granted under very restricted circumstances. Copying and distributing TRLJ in whole or in part violates copyright laws. If you want to share a very small segment of the journal (e.g., one article), please email comments@thereadingleague.org to indicate how many copies would be distributed, and what protections you will have in place to assure it does not get shared further (e.g., collecting the copies after discussion).

Professional Development

What is The Reading League’s instructional program? Do you recommend a particular program or strategy?

The Reading League does not have an instructional program. We believe that educators, not programs, teach students. That being said, some published instructional programs are more informed by the existing research evidence than others. When teachers build their knowledge of the evidence base, they are better positioned to make informed choices when selecting instructional programs, materials, and approaches.

Does The Reading League provide direct service to children?

No. The Reading League does not work directly with children. Our mission involves elevating the knowledge and skills of educators so that their instructional time with students is more impactful. We believe that we can make the most impact by helping educators maximize the instructional time they have, rather than adding instructional time to children’s already busy lives.

Does The Reading League provide direct service to adults who want to become better readers?

Not yet. At this time, we do not have the capacity to do this important job, but we hope to get there someday. Sadly, far too many adults did not have their literacy instructional needs met when they were in school. Evidence-based instruction can help these individuals. It is never too late to learn to read.

Miscellaneous

Where should I park when I come to your office?

Parking for TRL Headquarters is located at Performance Park located on the corner of Marcellus and Wyoming Streets in Syracuse, NY. Please contact the office ahead of time for a gate code.

How do I become a Reading League volunteer?

If you would like to become a TRL volunteer to help with the Live events, Special events, or the conference, please email at Events@thereadingleague.org

Where do I find the W-9 form?

Download a PDF of The Reading League’s W-9 form.